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The Art of the Bazaari

Arash Elon Ghadooshahy

11 hours ago

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) meets with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (R) during talks between the foreign ministers of the six powers negotiating with Tehran on its nuclear program, in Vienna, on July 13, 2014.--AFP/Getty Images

“Az Een Sotoon Be On Sotoon Faraj Hast”

"From one column to another, there is freedom."

There is an ancient Persian parable that recounts how an innocent man was once accused of... read on

  • Rockets and Weddings: One LA Girl’s Experience in Israel During ‘Operation Protective Edge’

    Donna Maher

    6 days ago

    TEl AVIV--I'm not Israeli. I'm a young Iranian-American Jewish woman that lives in Los Angeles and is visiting in Israel. But recently, I've had to run, duck, and find shelter from Hamas rockets, like all Israelis.

    I am in Israel for my best friend's wedding. Since armed... read on

  • Shabbat and Shabbox, Persian Style

    Tabby Davoodi

    June 27, 2014 | 3:34 pm

    About one month ago, over twenty Iranian-American Jews gathered together for Shabbat dinner.

    I'll admit that there's nothing extraordinary about this statement. Iranian Jews in America are richly traditional and families enjoy Shabbat dinner together almost every Friday.

    This... read on

  • Four Less Obvious Reasons Why Iranian Jews Should Meet Holocaust Survivors

    Tabby Davoodi

    April 30, 2014 | 3:03 pm

    Iranian Jews in America need to meet Holocaust survivors. We need to stand in their company, hold their hands in ours, listen carefully to their words, and humbly thank them for sharing memories from the darkest points in their lives.

    On Sunday, Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom... read on

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  • Of Rice and Men

    By Tabby Davoodi

    August 12, 2013 | 10:16 am

    TEL AVIV--When I was a kid in post-Revolutionary Iran, we were subjected to repeating a variety of hateful chants in school against the U.S. and Israel, most notably, "Death to America!" and "Death to the Zionists!" When a few of us began expressing concern to our teachers and... read on

  • An Irreplaceable Legacy

    by 30 YEARS AFTER

    June 4, 2013 | 5:10 pm

    Most Iranian-American Jews would not recognize the name Frank Lautenberg. But they should.

    Senator Lautenberg was the Senate's oldest member, its last-surviving WWII veteran, a staunch advocate of Israel, and personally responsible for the entry of thousands of Jews from the... read on

  • To Dock or Not to Dock

    By 30 YEARS AFTER

    April 11, 2013 | 7:36 pm

    Many odious entities enter Los Angeles every day--smog, D-list celebrities, hipsters from the East Coast that have had enough of the cold--but one such group is particularly disturbing: it is the host of ships that frequently enters the ports of Iran to conduct business with the... read on

  • Sticks and stones may break my bones, but those green onions scars will eventually heal

    by Tabby Davoodi

    March 22, 2013 | 2:29 pm

    Growing up Iranian Jewish in LA, our Passover Seders were like long, annoying road trips, where instead of the kids asking, "Are we there yet?", our parents were subjected to repeated questions about the order of the Seder:

    After the first cup of wine:
    Is it Dayenu time yet??

    ... read on

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